Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.


Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana was established in 2007 in Highland, IN, with one site and 15 girls. We now serve Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties and as of July 2016, we have had 6,600 girls participate in the program since our inception.

Girls on the Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5K events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5K series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.

core values

Recognize our POWER and RESPONSIBILITY to be INTENTIONAL in our decision making


Express JOY, OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE through our words, thoughts
and actions


NURTURE our physical, emotional and spiritual HEALTH

STAND UP for ourselves and others

our people


Jill Schlueter-Kim


“Girls on the Run inspires me just as much as the girls!”

Jodi Aurand

Program Director

“I'm honored to be a part of an organization which encourages girls to be their authentic selves and find their super power!”

Jacqueline Weber

Volunteer Coordinator

“I love to be part of an organization which so closely matches my passion to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident and to let their star shine!”

Cassandra Petersen

Marketing Director

“I was introduced to the Girls on the Run Program volunteering at a Happy Hair Stations as a Goody Stay-Put Athlete almost 10 years ago. I can' t wait to run beside my 2 daughters when they complete their first GOTR 5K.”

Amy Kovacs

5K Director

“For most of the girls this is their first 5K, I want to give each and every girl an unforgettable experience at their race. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing everyone's smiling faces as they cross that finish line.”

Sue Beres

LaPorte County Coordinator

“Girls on the is not just for girls on the run! It is so much more. GOTR inspires, empowers, and shares opportunities to learn how to love ourselves, others and work together in this sometimes crazy place we call life. We teach girls how to take charge and write their own life-script with positivity! Volunteer and discover a whole new world. Peace, love, and GOTR!”

Becky Kerieger Elder

Porter County Coordinator

“Self confidence is a powerful thing!”

Kelly Skaar-Hoffman

Hammond City Coordinator

““If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.””

Christine Zimmerman

Merrillville Coordinator

“I love watching the girls become more empowered through the lessons they are taught.”

Jaymi Fenton

Michigan City Coordinator

“Live, Laugh, Love, Run”

We're always considering passionate individuals to join our team and help us inspire more girls in the Northwest Indiana area.

Job Opportunities
Our Board

Teri Healy


21 Century Real Estate

Rhiannon Cizon

Vice Chairperson

Toni Modglin


North Shore Health Centers

Jenilee Haynes


Duneland Chamber of Commerce

Tim Fealy

Board Member

Hometown Happenings

Jane Kuva

Board Member

Mom, Substitute Teacher, GOTR Coach

Barb Muckel

Board Member

Xcel 2 Fitness

Sharon Stewart

Board Member

Retired Teacher

Donna Summerville-Smith

Board Member

Indiana Legal Services, Inc

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion impact the lives of girls each year.

Board Opportunities

Northwest Indiana
2906 Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322

(219) 384-8276